World Press Photo 2011

January 6, 2012 during 2:00 pm

What initial started out as a inhabitant foe became an general annual eventuality when members of a Dutch photojournalists’ kinship came adult with a thought behind in 1955. Ever given that initial competition, a people at Nederlandse Vereniging outpost Fotojournalisten (NVF) have always displayed a winning cinema in an exhibition. At initial there were usually over 300 photographs sent in by 42 photographers from 11 countries that were submitted for a competition. Over a years, these numbers have increasing tremendously, as clear with a record series of images perceived for a foe in 2011 – a whopping 108, 059 images taken by 5,691 photographers from 125 countries including Malaysia.

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Flood victims hasten for food as they conflict a downwash from a Pakistan army helicopter during service operations, Dadu, Pakistan, 13 September

This year, Malaysia is advantageous to be comparison once again to horde this unique, one-of-a-kind travelling muster that will be hold from 30th Jan compartment 19th Mar 2012 during 4 opposite locations – Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kota Kinabalu and Penang. Like a years before, visitors to this muster will be treated with a winning photographs that is firm to stop a chairman in their marks and make a viewers consider twice about a emanate that is being highlighted. The operation of topics that were lonesome by this year’s winners are simply amazing; from a trembler in Haiti to a Madrid bullfights are a handful of a subjects represented among 2011?s award-winning crop.

So make it a indicate to come and revisit a World Press Photo 11 muster during these locations and dates:-

Klang Valley
KLCC Convention Centre from 30th Jan compartment 12th Feb 2012

Balai Seni Lukis Negara from 14th Feb compartment 23rd Feb 2012

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
1 Borneo Shopping Mall from 27th Feb compartment 8th Mar 2012

Penang Town Hall from 10th Mar compartment 19th Mar 2012

For some-more information about a exhibition, greatfully record on to their website here.

Photos (c) Jodi Bieber, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for Time magazine, Seamus Murphy, VII Photo Agency, Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images

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MALACCA: Malacca Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, several other state dignitaries and some 3,000 people attended the third anniversary celebration of the declaration of Melaka City as World Heritage Site, held at the Independence Memorial in Bandar Hilir, here, last night.

The celebration this time took them back to the historic pre-independence days where in Febuary 1956, the people welcomed back the Malayan delegation seeking independence for the country led by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

“The situation then and now, and the harmony and cooperation among the people of various races is a fine example in creating universal peace,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam in his speech at the event.

He said multiracial unity, peace, cooperation and tolerance had brought prosperity to Malaysia compared to the turbulent situation in some countries due to ethnic strife or sectarian violence.

“By preserving peace, prosperity and harmonious living will prevail which will help us create a stronger nation,” he added.

Malacca and George Town, Penang were declared World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) on July 7, 2008.

In conjunction with this year’s celebration, 42 events have been lined up for the whole month of July covering culture, arts and heritage.

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TOURISM Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen was recently quoted as saying that her Ministry would assist Malacca to organise an international music festival with heritage as its inspiration.

Taking the cue from the runaway success of Sarawak’s World Rainforest Music Carnival (WRMC), I wish to applaud the move simply as a way to promote the tiny state’s Unesco World Heritage status.

However, the organiser must be cautioned that the intended music festival should be clearly defined and creatively expedited so as not to run off-track, as what the WRMC is facing now after many years of staging.

It recently concluded its 14th edition, bringing fame and tourism revenue to Sarawak and the country.

Sadly, the WRMC which was initially proposed to be an ethnic music gathering, using ethnic instruments, has slowly become like a rock concert spiced with folk songs.

Malacca should learn from the experience of Sarawak in defining its true objectives.

WRMC’s popularity as a world-class music carnival is mainly due to its aim of staging under one roof, a congregation of world ethnic music.

It is a perfect vehicle to position Sarawak and the rest of Borneo at large because of the strong ethnic presence against the backdrop of the world’s oldest rainforest.

Malacca, needs a booster to make known its Unesco World Heritage status, now entering its third year.

Malacca may be more famous than many of the states in terms of tourism but it still needs that wow factor.

So how can Malacca stage an international music festival that can stand on its originality and yet be successful in luring the tourists by the numbers?

Malacca’s cultural potpourri comprising various races and minority etnicities, provide the perfect setting for a music festival which can garner an international standing.

Already the three major races, comprising the Malays, Chinese and Indians are a sight to behold, what more with their sounds of music.

To top it up, the Kadazans, the Ibans, the orang asli, the Javanese and Arabs, the Babas and Nyonyas, not forgetting the Portuguese and the Dutch, the Punjabis as well with their own brand of ethnic music.

Together with some international guests, the stage is set for an event listing on the country’s tourism calendar.

We are certainly not short of tourism products that can woo visitors to our shores.

However, let’s make sure that every state has its own unique product to show its true colours to the world.

Petaling Jaya.

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Malacca’s biggest real estate project


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NextLastMalacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam MALACCA: The biggest mixed-development project in the state, which will see the birth of uniquely themed icons that will change the landscape of the Historical City, was launched here on Saturday

The RM2 billion Hatten City project in Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz in Banda Hilir was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

The development will be undertaken by Singapore-based Hatten Group.

With a gross area of eight million square feet in an eight-hectare plot, the project will also feature the tallest building in the state, 45-storey high with a 360-degree viewing sky deck.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Ali said the biggest real estate project in the state would combine heritage and futuristic elements.

“The Hatten City is poised to be the state’s most iconic development that portrays futuristic and chic innovations, injects fun, excitement and vibrancy.

“The mixed-development project comprises retail units, residences (condominiums), international hotels, office tower, resort and shopping complex,” he said.

Also present were Hatten Group chairman Datuk Eric Tan Eng Huat, chief executive officer Edwin Tan Ping Huang and managing director Colin Tan Juen Teng.

Hatten City is the third development project for the Hatten Group, which is known for its development of the Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall that draws millions of visitors each year.

“This new icon, which is expected to be completed in the next eight years in two parcels, will transform Malacca,” said Juen Teng.

“Parcel I, which rests on two hectares, will include the Elements mall which will share the same building with two international hotel chains.

“This parcel is further made extravagant with Silverscape, the highest condominium towers with 45 storeys in the heart of the city and facing the Straits of Malacca,” said Juen Teng.

Work on the Elements mall will begin this year and be completed in three years.

“It will be a mix of our past heritage and high fashion, where the dramatic history of Malacca is tastefully recreated for our convenience.

“You can walk down the ‘Time Tunnel’ and indulge in 500 years of history of the state, all in cool comfort and ambience, while bringing you back to the past with the many mini replicas of famous historical sites such as Stadhuys, A Famosa and also the well sought after diversified cultural displays of the Baba Nyonya, Portuguese, Malays, Chinese and Indians.

“Elements mall is an inspiring blend of retail and recreation, comprises eight retail floors, with each floor dedicated to a particular segment of fashion or arts and crafts.

“Elements is inspired by the famous Korean fashion hubs concept, Dongdaemun and Namdaemun, and offers high fashion concepts, housing both local and international brands, spanning five levels from the ground floor with 830 retail units.”

On Silverscape, Juen Teng said the high-end residence that occupies two of the four tower blocks that make up Parcel I, offered luxury living fronting the sea.

“Spacious yet intimate, each unit at Silverscape beckons with concept and style. Silverscape sits directly above the Elements mall, towering over the Malacca city centre and rises to the pinnacle.

As for Parcel II, which will sit on 4.7ha of reclaimed land, Juen Teng said it promises breathtaking premium sea front living condominiums and private villas with a contemporary business zone to combine work and play.

“Parcel II would also be complemented with Troadwalle, a luxury shopping haven for premium fashion brands from across the globe and Malacca’s very first open sky deck clubhouse.

“This would truly be the only one place where you can unwind, indulge, explore, invest and grow,” he said, adding that work on Parcel II would start in 2014 and would be completed by 2019.

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2 new hotels to boost Malacca tourism

Ali showing the artist’s impressions of the  Hilton Hotel and  All Seasons Hotel. — Picture by Mohd Jamah Nasri
MALACCA: The state’s tourism sector will receive a shot in the arm with the construction of two new hotels — Hilton Hotel and All Seasons Hotel.

The developer of both the hotels, Hatten Group CEO Datuk Eric Tan, said a 1,100-unit apartment block and a commercial centre would also be built.

“The tallest building in Malacca will be built under this project.

“With 43 storeys, the building will change the landscape of Melaka Raya and the Malacca coastline.

“The project will be developed next to the Harbour Club in Melaka Raya and will involve an investment of RM300 million,” he said.

Tan said the Hilton Hotel, a five-star establishment, would have 250 rooms while the All Seasons Hotel, a two-star hotel, would have 350 rooms.

“The two hotels and the service apartments will provide Malacca with an additional 1,700 rooms,” Tan said, in a briefing session with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam at the Hatten Square.

Tan said the groundbreaking ceremony for the hotels would be performed in December.

He said the project would be completed in five years and would provide job opportunities to about 3,000 people.

Meanwhile, Tan also announced that the 700-room Hatten Hotel would open its doors in September next year.

The chief minister said the state’s tourism sector was picking up.

Ali said some eight million tourists were expected to visit the historical city this year, up from 7.5 million last year.

“We need more hotel rooms in the state. With the opening of Hilton and All Seasons we will be able to ensure that visitors have a better choice of accommodation,” he said.

Ali said work to widen Jalan Merdeka, opposite Dataran Pahlawan, from the two lanes to five lanes, would be complete in two months.

“Once completed, the 2km stretch from Menara Taming Sari up to Hatten Square would be known as Pahlawan City,” he said.

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